Sara Blasier leads the BIG EAST with 12.30 assists per set
Sept. 3, 2015
Match Notes | Gametracker (Oral Roberts) | Gametracker (Miami) | Gametracker (Missouri State) | Watch Live on ESPN3 (Missouri State)
MILWAUKEE-- The Marquette University women's volleyball team will be back on the court this weekend traveling to Springfield, Missouri for the Dr. Jo Wynn Invitational, hosted by Missouri State.
Marquette (3-0) will start of their series of three matches by playing Oral Roberts on Friday, Sep. 4 at 4:00 p.m. Central time before facing the University of Miami on Saturday, Sep. 5 at 11:00 a.m. The tournament concludes at 7:30 p.m. with the Golden Eagles against the host Bears.
The Golden Eagles have started their 2015 season 3-0, which is the first time the squad has opened unblemished since a 3-0 start in 1992. In its first three matches MU has taken down then-No. 21 Iowa State on its home court, Dayton and North Dakota, which were quality victories as the Cyclones and Flyers each reached the NCAA Tournament in 2014.
Marquette swept the BIG EAST weekly awards this week with redshirt junior Meghan Niemann and redshirt freshman Taylor Louis. Niemann was named BIG EAST Player of the Week after racking up 32 kills in three matches and leading the conference with a hitting percentage of .538. Louis earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors with her league-leading 59 kills and 5.90 kills per set.
Saturday night's match at Missouri State will air lives on ESPN3 and live stats for the invitational can be found at missouristatebears.com.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
ORAL ROBERTS [2-1 (0-0 Summitt League) | oruathletics.com | @ORUathletics: Oral Roberts started their 2015 season with a loss at Mississippi, but came back with wins against Northwestern State and Tennessee State at the Magnolia Innovational. Laura Milos nailed 23 kills against Northwestern State and 20 against Tennessee State. Nika Mostahinic helped the team against Tennessee State dishing 36 assists with nine digs. Oral Roberts is projected to finish fourth in their conference. Series History: Oral Roberts leads 0-1.
MIAMI [3-0 (0-0 Alantic Coast) hurricanesports.com| @CanesVB]: University of Miami has started their season out 3-0 after deafeating Florida A&M, Illinois State and Kansas State in the Hurricane Invitational. Kelsie Groot and Olga Strantzali have helped the Hurricanes overcome their opponents with 19 and 15 kills, respectively, in a single match. Miami is currently receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25 poll after opening weekend. Series History: Marquette leads 1-0.
MISSOURI STATE [3-0 (0-0 Missouri Valley) | missouristatebears.com | @MissouriStateVB]: Missouri State Bears have started their season with a 3-0 record and defeated Furman, Western Michigan, and Milwaukee at the Pepsi Panther Invitational in Milwaukee. Outside hitter Ashley Ophoven was named Freshman of the Week by the Missouri Valley Conference after tallying an average of 2.9 kills and 14 kills and one block against Western Michigan. Series History: First meeting.
MARQUETTE QUICK HITS:
The Golden Eagles opened the season 3-0 for the first time since the 1992 season.
Meghan Niemann was named BIG EAST Player of the Week and Taylor Louis was selected as the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week after their strong performances helping MU to its three victories opening weekend. Niemann tallied a career-best 21 kills against North Dakota, while Louis notched 27 kills in the same match, which was the redshirt freshman's collegiate debut.
Marquette is receiving 64 votes in the latest AVCA Top 25 Poll and is three spots out from cracking the Top 25. MU swept No. 21 Iowa State in Ames last weekend, which was the first ranked opponent the Golden Eagles toppled since Sept. 6, 2014 when Marquette knocked off No. 7 Florida.
Junior Ellen Hays collected a career-best 14 digs in the season-opening match against North Dakota. Meghan Niemann (21 kills) and Taylor Louis (27 kills) also topped career-highs in that match.
After just one weekend, Marquette sits at the top of three statistical categories in the BIG EAST. The Golden Eagles lead the league with a .282 hitting percentage, 14.20 assists per set and 15.40 kills per set. The Golden Eagles are establishing themselves as an offensive threat averaging just about two more kills per set than Xavier, tallying 13.90 kills combined. MU is also second in digs (17.50/set) and blocks (2.45/set).
In her first weekend wearing Blue and Gold junior transfer Sara Blasier leads the BIG EAST with 12.30 assists per set and dished 58 assists in the opener against North Dakota, just shy of her all-time career high of 60.
Redshirt freshman Jenna Rosenthal played for USA Volleyball's Collegiate National Team program over the summer. She was one of 35 selected for the program, and the only one from the BIG EAST Conference. The team trained at the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championship in New Orleans. Rosenthal contributed eight points to CNT Red in a mini-tournament.